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Still LoLo: A Spinning Propeller, a Horrific Accident, and a Family's Journey of Hope

Still LoLo: A Spinning Propeller, a Horrific Accident, and a Family's Journey of Hope

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by Lauren Scruggs

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For fashion journalist Lauren (“LoLo”) Scruggs, a short flight to look at Christmas lights turned into a nightmare when she was struck by the plane’s spinning propeller blades. As Lauren was rushed to the hospital, the world watched in shock and horror. Several major surgeries and thousands of prayers later, Lauren was still alive. But she had


For fashion journalist Lauren (“LoLo”) Scruggs, a short flight to look at Christmas lights turned into a nightmare when she was struck by the plane’s spinning propeller blades. As Lauren was rushed to the hospital, the world watched in shock and horror. Several major surgeries and thousands of prayers later, Lauren was still alive. But she had suffered brain trauma and lost her left hand and left eye. And she had to face some incredibly difficult questions: What kind of future will I have? Where is God in all this pain? Will anyone ever be able to love me now? In Still LoLo, Lauren and her family reveal what really happened that night, what Lauren’s life is like today, what got them through their journey toward healing, and how they conquered all odds to persevere as a family. Containing exclusive photos and personal stories from Lauren and her family, Still LoLo is a compelling and fiercely beautiful account of faith, determination, and staying true to who you are—no matter what.

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A much-publicized 2011 propeller accident took model Lauren ("Lolo") Scruggs' left hand and eye, but it strengthened the faith of herself and her family. This memoir tells the story behind the headlines.

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Lauren Scruggs is a fashion journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief of LOLO Magazine, an online lifestyle experience magazine that integrates coverage of the food, fashion, beauty, health, and travel industries. She has served as a contributing editor at MyItThings.com, SMUStyle, and PR Couture. A 2009 Dallas Baptist University graduate, Lauren has worked in the Michael Kors showroom and reported from New York, Paris, and Montreal Fashion Weeks. She was an intern in the fashion department of the television series Gossip Girl. See her magazine at lolomag.com. Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs are authors, speakers, and counselors. Their writings include the widely used book I Do Again and are the founders of Hope Matters Marriage Ministries in Dallas. See their website: hopeformarriages.com. Brittany (Scruggs) Morgan is Lauren’s fraternal twin. She works in accounting for a commercial insurance company and is married to her best friend, Shaun. Marcus Brotherton is a journalist and professional writer known for his literary collaborations with high-profile public figures, humanitarians, inspirational leaders, and military personnel. He has authored or coauthored more than 25 books, including the New York Times best-seller We Who Are Alive and Remain, with 20 of the last surviving Band of Brothers. See his website: marcusbrotherton.com.

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Still LoLo: A Spinning Propeller, a Horrific Accident, and a Family's Journey of Hope 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
KimberleeJ More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book! I appreciated how truthfully Lauren ( Lolo) Scruggs and her family told their story, the good, the bad and the horrific. Lolo was a 23 year old fashion journalist who was confident in her looks, her career and relationship with God, but that all changed in the blink of an eye. At Christmastime , she took a pleasure ride in a friend's airplane to see the lights. When she got off the plane, she was struck by the spinning propeller blade. There was much media attention and many false reports following the accident. This is the first Lolo herself has spoken of the accident, what really happened that night, the challenges she has faced since and what her life is like today. This story isn't just about Lolo's accident however. The chapters are written from the different perspectives of different family members throughout their lives and their faith walk. The book takes you through the incredible birth story of Lolo and her twin sister Brittany, relives the painful story of their parents bitter divorce, their reunion after seven years of being apart, the dark days after the accident and most importantly how the family feels God has His hand over every aspect of their story. Lolo is heart wrenchingly honest about her life. Prior to her accident, she believed in God and knew he had a plan for her life but still wanted to be able to do the things she wanted to do, the way she wanted to do them. The accident could have cost her life, but instead she lost her left eye and left hand. All aspects of her recovery was hard and in her book Lolo struggles to express just how dark that time was for her. She had times of anger, and lashed out at her parents and even doubted God. Slowly, with the help of her family and friends, she begins to realize that she doesn't have to be afraid of being different, it doesn't matter what others think of her and that God does have a plan for her through all that she went through. I would especially recommend this book to young women who may be struggling with who they are, how they look and God's plan for their lives. It was very inspirational.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We all want to believe that we would have the courage to survive a terrible accident; however, Lauren has the scars and story to prove she did. Still Lolo is a story of tragedy but also of triumph and never losing sight of your dreams.
BethLove More than 1 year ago
WOW! This book is AMAZING!!!! Lauren and her family candidly tell their story, the good, the bad, and the ugly. From the remarkable birth of Lauren and her twin sister Brittany, to the sad story of their parents divorce, the forthright conversation throughout the book is refreshing! Despite Laurens conviction that God has a perfect plan for her life is still not enough to keep her from doing things the way she wants to do them, not because she's a weak person but because she's human, but she comes back to him in humility and asks his forgiveness. After finding forgiveness and acceptance her life seems to move along relatively smooth until the night of her tragic accident. After walking in to the propeller blade of their friends airplane, she loses her left eye and left hand, but she is lucky to have gotten away with her life. While recovering from her accident she becomes angry with the whole situation, but with help from truly godly family and friends, she begins to quit being afraid of being imperfect, of being different, and as she wrote in her book, "TO BE TRULY OKAY WITH HOW OTHERS SEE YOU". My admiration for Lauren Scruggs is off the charts! This book is definitely inspirational, I'm SO glad that I read this book!!!!! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers, I was not required to write a positive review.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
Hmm…Still LoLo is difficult to rate. The story of the accident I learned about on television and other media is both terrifying and inspirational. Rate: A+. The book, on the other hand, feels like it only touches the surface of the story. I feel the shell of the story is scraped but the deepness of the tragedy and recovery wasn’t reached.  There is too much preliminary ‘stuff’ such as outer beauty, fashion, etc., and not enough of the inner pain and strength that could’ve made this story much more inspirational than it did.  This book could’ve provided an exceptional story but, to me, it is mediocre. Rate: C
kristen4mk More than 1 year ago
Fashion Journalist and entrepreneur Lauren (LoLo) Scruggs feels her life is just beginning when a tragic accident changes her forever.  The story of their lives both pre- and post-accident is told from the different perspectives of Lauren, her mother, father, and fraternal twin sister, Brittany.  This style of writing presents a unique "voice" that still is very cohesive, and overall gives a pretty clear picture of their family. The family's faith in Jesus, even in the midst of severe challenge and trauma is a truly beautiful picture.  They are very real about their feelings and struggles, yet they still choose to cling to God, and trust that He is good.  All the time. I had no idea I would begin this book only to put it down a few hours later - finished. I could not stop reading - well written, interesting, heartbreaking and uplifting all at the same time, please get this book right now.  You will be glad you did. xo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
JennieWren More than 1 year ago
Faith, courage and community Lauren Scruggs suffered horrific injuries when she walked into the propeller of a small plane in December of 2011. "Still LoLo" is her story, told from the viewpoints of her parents, her twin sister and Lauren herself.  The book describes her childhood years through the divorce and later remarriage of her parents and the growth of their faith - a faith which nurtured their daughters.  What happened the night of the accident and in the days following is told in great detail.  It's a story of the unshakeable faith of Lauren and her family and friends.  It's a story of her courage in pushing through to recovery and a new "normal" life. What struck me even more was the community that gathered around the Scruggs family and provided strength and support in many ways - by people who were close to the family and by many they had never met.  I would most heartily recommend this book.
JeanieMNJL More than 1 year ago
Statistics for propeller blade strike against a person are several times a year. The author shows amazing courage and determination. Her family's experience and hope bears testimony to strength of family and Christian community.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Still Lolo was an okay read. I was kind of disappointed with it really. I wanted to read an inspiring story of faith, recovery, and redemption. I wanted to know more about Lauren Scruggs herself. I really did not care to read about her parents personal lives, their personal issues, infertility problems, divorce, etc.  Though the book was full of faith and inspiring at times but I was rather bored most of the time. 3 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not really. |:P
oressa More than 1 year ago
Lauren Scruggs and family Want a gift that gives long after the holidays are over? Buy this book. A four-and-half-star.  When a rogue propeller hits Lauren Scruggs, life as she knows it is shattered. Dreams put on hold. Her reality is changed forever. This tragedy attacks  the heart, the soul, and the spirit. Still Lolo takes a hard look at the beauty and strength within the human spirit and is a stunning testimony of His faithfulness.  The author's voice is simple, pure, and sweet.  Still Lolo follows the life of Lauren Scruggs taking a raw look at a family confronting tragedy. It is the story of survival and finding God in the lowest point and coming out on the other side triumphant. For me, this was a fresh look at pain and a lovely tale told by an overcomer: to look at the heart, to hear the moments of defeat and depression, to be struck by the fresh inspiration from scripture, and to trust Jesus for the next breathe, the next step, the next day.  Still Lolo is not a story to rush through. It is a book to be slowly absorbed. The reader feels the mother's shock, the father's frustration and pain, and the sister's faithfulness as she sits by Lolo's bedside and explains her new reality. Still Lolo opens the heart and focuses the reader on God's healing hand.  I received this book free from Tyndale Publishing. 
AlaskanTebowFan More than 1 year ago
An autobiographical first person retelling of the life of Lauren Scruggs and her family, "Still Lolo" was written in an easy to read format, very conversational. I did find it interesting how each chapter was told from a family member's perspective: most often from Lauren's, but quite a few times from her mom or dad and once or twice from the point of view of her twin sister, Brittany. Although this is mainly their retelling of Lauren's accident of walking into a plane's propeller a few years back, her parents actually go even farther back in telling about their own relationship: marriage, divorce and reconciliation, and how that impacted their daughters' lives and in some ways prepared them for this time of trials.  However, the reason I'm only giving this an average rating is because there is also a lot of unnecessary "fluff" in the book. Maybe that's to be expected when a woman in her early twenties is writing an autobiography, but I just felt like all the name dropping and mentions of every single boy she dated or thought was cute was excessive. self-involved, and distracting.  I would not say this is a very inspirational book, but I'm sure many people would enjoy it. My favorite part was the last few chapters of the book where Lauren and her family describe life after the accident and how Lauren did discover some real meaning in her life and perhaps more clearly found her true Source of strength. 
luvnjesus More than 1 year ago
Still Lolo was an amazing book of courage, strength, perseverance and joy. In December of 2011, Lauren Scruggs (LoLo) had a life changing accident that made the news all over the world. She took a short flight to look at the Christmas lights over Dallas, Texas. Upon exiting the plane she was hit by the moving propeller. She lost her left eye and arm. The story of Lauren's parents and how they came back together after seven years and how the community came together through prayer and love during and after Lauren's accident. The author did an incredible job of showing us all how to depend on Jesus each and every day of our lives. I would read this book again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This bookis really good! I would reccomend it to everyone! It is a true story and I ended up finishing it in twobdays or so! Anyone should read it no matter what gendet!
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natgirlNJ More than 1 year ago
I don't know what I was expecting, but I was very pleasantly surprised by this book.  It was inspiring and down-to-earth.  I had heard about Lauren's story on the news, but the book really made Lauren into a "real (relatable) person."  I'm a bit of a lapsed Catholic, but she has inspired me to give it another try.
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MrsDani416 More than 1 year ago
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK! I could not put it down and often fought back tears! Very emotional! Very moving! An absolutely wonderful read for EVERY reader! Very inspiring! We love you LoLo!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book! I had it for Christmas and couldn't get my hands of it! Every morning I would wake up early to read it! Such a moving story, it's told by several members of the family and you get a hit about the true meaning of courage. I am so overjoyed about this book that I'm going to present it at my school's debate class... Reminds me of Bethany Hamilton.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lauren and her entire family really takes us through their normal everyday life; straight up to the horrors of December 3, 2011. This family went through everything most faimlys don't have to go to. Lauren may never be the same again, but Lauren if you are reading this I want you to know that I will be rooting for you and your family. I have absolutly no idea what I would do if I were you. Go Lauren and LoLo Magazine. I will be looking it up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great read. How someone who is severely injured and deformed comes to the realization that life goes on. More than that, Lauren and her family, friends and others show us how God works in all our lives. The book takes something tragic and makes it inspirational. Read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of th best books ive ever read! However, it is for high schoolers and older or at the very least very mature middle schoolers
Shoemouse More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers for the purpose of review. The review is my honest opinion and I was not paid for this service. Lauren Scruggs or Lolo as she likes to be called, had her life totally shattered as a young adult when she was accidentally struck by the propellers of a private plane. This story was about how the experience affected not only Lauren and her family but the entire community. The story is told by not only Lauren but different members of her family as well. While different members of the family are telling the story from different aspects; the story flowed smoothly together as though it were being told by one person. It talked about Lauren's courage in her journey to recovery and her family's journey to restoration. I loved how the author made you feel as though you were part of the family. It was as though you were right there with her, experiencing what she and her family were going through. You could feel their pain, their hope, their joy as they talk about different things throughout the experience. This was one book that I could not put down, although at times I had to force myself to put it down to avoid tears. This is one heart-wrenching story that no one should ever have to endure. But it is wonderful to see that Lauren not only made it through this trial and tribulation but she excelled at it pulling from the strength of her family, her friends but most importantly from God. This book was very well written, easy to read (although parts of the story were hard to read because of what was happening). The author did a wonderful job of captivating the audience and keeping their attention. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a good book to read; anyone who loves a good heroic book of courage and faith.
Joy56 More than 1 year ago
The courage and faith of Lolo and her family is amazing. I couldn't put it down. She is an inspiration to all who know her story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago